John Lamb, Published November 27 2010
Lamb: Pausing to give thanksOver the past month on Facebook, I noticed a number of my friends have noted bits of gratitude in daily status updates.
These people are appreciative of all they have in their lives and felt they could be thankful more than just one day a year.
I also am grateful for many things in my life, so I applaud their open resolve. All too often we dwell on the negative things in our and others’ lives.
I’m also fairly lazy and lack the discipline to publicly give thanks once a day for 30 days, so giving these people a shout-out two days after Thanksgiving seems appropriate, or at least easy.
So here, in no particular order, are some things I’m thankful for:
- While it was unfortunate I wasn’t able to make it down for Thanksgiving with my siblings in St. Paul, I am thankful my mom still made a meal for 12, which means more leftovers for me here in Fargo.
- While I missed my traditional Black Friday shopping at Twin Cities’ stores, I didn’t miss throwing elbows with overly aggressive Minneapolitan shoppers. Instead, I exchanged glares with passive-aggressive shoppers here in Fargo.
- I’m thankful everyone was so busy scrutinizing Brad Childress for the past few months that no one commented on my shortcomings, all of which I blame on the former Vikings coach.
- I’m glad to have finally figured out how to respond to the question I hear the most. No, not “What are you doing here?” Rather, “Why are you 39 and still single? Are you too picky? Why don’t you meet a nice girl? Why don’t you shave first? Do you really expect to impress anyone with that posture?”
When people ask that, I now tell them about my fictitious girlfriend, Brieanicka, the best woman a man could dream up – with the exception of Kelly LeBrock. (Then again, the “Weird Science” star married Steven Seagal, so she’s hardly perfect.)
I’m also kind of relieved my worldly FinniSpanNigeRussianish beauty is too busy on the South American beach volleyball circuit to meet my curiodoubtful friends.
- I’m thankful to have a job. And not just any job, but a job I genuinely love. A job that allows me a public place to state that indeed I am grateful, even if those closest to me refer to me as a self-centered, pessimistic curmudgeon.
Those people should just be thankful to know me.
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